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Man of integrity will be missed

Kirk Wattenbarger was an amazing man of deep integrity and will be missed even by those of us far away in Southern California.

More than a parishioner, Kirk was a friend. I would often tell him that in my humble opinion he was a true hero.

In the face of amazing adversity he remained upbeat. In the face of immense challenges, he remained focused on the right things: family, friends, God and neighbor. In situations when he could have easily gone negative—he consistently remained positive. He had that ready smile, that amazing voice, that deep sense of humor, that love of everything outdoors, and that deep dedication to Kay, Ryan and Chad.

I wish that I could be there for the funeral service on Saturday.

Sunnyside has lost a true hero, a man to be emulated by any with children, a friend. I will miss you, Kirk.

/s/ with deep sincerity and appreciation, Rev. Brad Beeman, Santa Monica, Calif.

Baseball camp

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department would like to say thank you to the Yakima Bears and Bob Romero, for taking the time to come to Sunnyside and coaching more than 50 youngsters in the basic fundamentals of baseball.

The kids also enjoy meeting the players, getting their autographs.

Thank you to the sponsors, Dave Martinez, Sunnyside High School baseball and Frank Allec of KZXR-AM 1310 radio for sponsoring this fun, free program for children.

/s/ Joan Niemeyer, parks and recreation assistant

Blood drawing

Sponsored by the Yakima Valley Dairy Women, a blood drawing was held at the United Methodist gym Tuesday, July 6. Edna Golob chaired this event. We were honored to have with us Yakima Valley Dairy Princess Carly DeGroot.

We had 62 presenters and one first-time donor. Four were unable to give, leaving 58 units collected. Because of their efforts, 174 people will have another chance at life. Without all of you, this drawing would not be possible.

A special thank you to the sponsorsfor donating the cookies, juice, cheese, crackers and ice cream bars. Thanks also to the United Methodist Church for the use of its hall, Max of Washington Corrugators for displaying the banner at Centennial Square and Bob Story for the publicity in the Daily Sun News.

And then there are the volunteers, whose services are always appreciated: Alice Benedetti, Myrtis Lang, Ella Mae Lochner, Joyce Golob, Phyllis Morris and Peggy Driesen.

If you missed this drawing, the next one will be Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside, from 1 to 6 p.m.

/s/ Marie Handy, Sunnyside blood drawing chairperson

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